Author: Rebekah Rodriguez

Language professors bring a world of knowledge to students

For some students, learning a foreign language can be an exciting endeavor and an opportunity to broaden their knowledge of other cultures. For others, it can be a daunting task filled with anxiety and frustration.

The language faculty at Texas A&M International University includes several dedicated and patient instructors, including Julien and Melody Carrière, assistant professors of French and Italian.

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Bringing it back: Local band releases vinyl record

Like many yesteryear items, vinyl records are gradually making their comeback and gaining popularity with millennials. In many local record stores, such as 2nd & Charles, shoppers can find contemporary music in vinyl record form.

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Student creates modern beauty with a vintage touch

On a warm Saturday afternoon in Laredo, Ruth Castañeda sits at the desk in her dorm room surrounded by a variety of creams, extracts and powders. It is in this makeshift lab that Castañeda creates custom-made foundations, lipsticks, eye pigments, beauty oils and kajal (a type of charcoal-based eyeliner originating in South Asia) by hand.

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Behind the scenes of LTGI’s “The House on Mango Street”

The Bridge recently had the opportunity to visit the set of “The House on Mango Street” at Laredo Community College. Directed by Jose Flores,  starring several TAMIU students and alumni, the play is based on the novel by renowned Chicana author Sandra Cisneros.


Summer In London: Benito Bondoc and Jessica Verastigui

Over the summer, TAMIU students continued to study and represent the university in various locations across the globe. Two of these students, Benito Bondoc and Jessica Verastigui, had the opportunity to study abroad in London, England, during Summer Session I.

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Ready for everything, master of none

Four years ago, I stepped onto the grounds of Texas A&M International University with a fresh set of notebooks in my backpack, a shiny new student ID card (complete with an awkward photo), and a brave little heart.

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University remembers Robert Batey

Speeches, poems and musical tributes, by those who knew him, honored the memory of Robert “Bob” Batey during a recent service.

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Making Laredo Laugh Again

If laughter is the best medicine, then there is plenty of it to go around here in the Gateway City. Thanks to Laredo Funny, an up-and-coming comedy group, those seeking solace in the form of laughs are in luck, as this group has an endless supply to give.



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New Concerns Over State Funding

Drastic cuts to funding are a growing concern for universities in the Texas A&M system. Senate Bill 1, introduced earlier this year as part of the state’s General Appropriations Bill, may result in double-digit budget cuts for several system campuses for the 2018-2019 fiscal year.

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Continuing The Pursuit of Happiness

I think it’s safe to say that this past year was an eventful one for all of us. I am no exception to the chaos that marked the past twelve months. My twenty-first year of life was filled with many firsts, both good and bad. Sometimes it’s still hard for me to distinguish which moments fall into which category. If we’re being honest here, some moments belong in both.


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